In the Half Japanese documentary, The Band That Would Be King, Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller lamented the fact that no music had been able to surprise him since he'd first heard Elvis as a child (though Half Japanese, he conceded, came close). He obviously hadn't heard Tits of America.
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With more surprise!s than the most popular girl's surprise birthday party, this 21-minute epic careens through styles, genres, melodies, and sonic experimentation like a hunted animal scurrying through the underbrush. There's more going on here than you can possibly appreciate in one listen (which is why the "demo" version from 1999, with its alternative lyrics, arrangement, and more understated production, is included), and enough unforgettable tunes to keep you humming to yourself for a month -- all woven together into a tapestry that is more deserving of the term "pop symphony" than any other album I have ever heard.
One part scatalogical, one part eschatological, Tits of America is the fin de siècle magnum opus of a man whose creative perigrinations seem to know no bounds.
November 15, 2008
Sounds very much like the residents
but not surprising